Physician Organization Concerns Regarding the 2010 Affordable Care Act

Client: United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Faculty: Charles Brecher and John Donnellan
Team: Alexandra Cohen, Jessica Goldman, Polina Miklush, Christopher Nolan, and Gunjan Srivastava
Year: 2013

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services, expressed interest in understanding the controversy among physician opinion and perception regarding the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). CMS recruited the Capstone team to complete a thorough analysis of opinions from select physician organizations within CMS Region II. The team first conducted an online investigation of physician organization position statements and published quotes from organization officials, and also took part in CMS-led provider calls and educational sessions. The team then prepared a written analysis focused on research of key issues of the ACA and the correlating, dissenting, or lacking physician organization opinions. Finally, the team presented a concise document that outlined the top concerns of the physician organizations, as well as recommendations on physician organization education.